A Limavady businessman has hit out at vandals behind an arson attack on one his buses used to transport adults with learning difficulties as well as children in wheelchairs to school and work.
Sandy Arthur, owner of Sandy Arthur Coach Hire Ltd. said the incident happened last Sunday in Omagh.
“Well, what can you say? What do you do? The vandals that did this have no respect for anything or anybody. It’s the actual inconvenience to users and to their carers that is more annoying.
“The bus itself costs between £7-8,000 and we’ve been able to replace the bus relatively quickly. We had lots of offers of support locally in Limavady, and we even had a gentleman who runs a private ambulance service offered who us a bus,” said Mr Arthur.
“I know the bus is only a piece of metal at the end of the day, but it is the inconvenience to users and their families. The staff were also really upset about not being to provide the service.”
Mr Arthur believes whoever targeted the bus tried to steal it first “as the tracking system was activated for about 45 seconds”.
Merry Christmas to the person or persons involved in the arson of one of our wheelchair buses. We hope you’re proud of yourselves.Sandy Arthur
“They would have known that was a bus used to transport disabled people because there was special seats on it. It’s just totally, utterly disgusting.
“Merry Christmas to the person or persons involved in the arson of one of our wheelchair buses. We hope you’re proud of yourselves.
“If anyone has any information that may help with the police investigation into this thoughtless crime please contact the Police on 101.”